Institutional Policy: E-24
E 24-1. Authority
W. Va. Code § 18B-1-6
E 24-2. General
A student who has been dismissed is one with whom the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (“WVSOM”) has permanently terminated its association. WVSOM may dismiss a student who fails to show satisfactory academic performance and/or conduct at any time throughout the entire academic program.
E 24-3. Consideration for Dismissal
A student may be considered for dismissal from WVSOM if any of the following situations occur:
A student's cumulative grade point average is less than 70% at the end of any year.
A student fails one or more courses in one academic year.
A student earns failing grades in a course that was repeated at WVSOM or at an approved outside institution or fails a remedial program.
3.4 Failure to maintain conduct appropriate to the medical profession (refer to Institutional Policy ST-01). Examples of inappropriate conduct include, but are not limited to:
Cheating, failure to support the Student Honor Code;
Public intoxication (drugs or alcohol);
Disruptive behavior in classrooms, laboratories, clinics or hospitals;
Assaulting or threatening administrators, faculty, staff, or fellow students;
Harassment of administrators, faculty, staff or fellow students;
Discrimination, contrary to law or policy, or sexual harassment;
Poor clinical judgment (e.g., unsupervised advice to or treatment of patients), falsifying records, unauthorized use of equipment, supplies, etc.;
Stealing (e.g., books or test files, drugs, etc.);
Failure to resolve debts at WVSOM; and
Failure to follow a directive(s) of administration and/or faculty.
A student fails to cope with the physically taxing work load and/or fails to cope with stresses associated with medical school.
Failure to pass NBOME / COMLEX examinations in compliance with Institutional Policy E-23: Promotion Requirement National Board Examination - Passage of COMLEX. This policy requires passing COMLEX Level 1 for Promotion from Year 2 to Year 3 and passing COMLEX Level 2 for graduation.
Failure to pass an OSCE as described in Institutional Policy E-35: Promotion Requirement – Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
Failure to fulfill the requirements for graduation within a six-year period, inclusive of all time spent on any leave(s) of absence. This Section 3.8 only applies to those students who matriculate after July 1, 2017.